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Date: 4 weeks ago   Category: Law

Six years of prison and $26 million a penalty for "the worst festival in the history"


The court in New York pronounced a sentence to 26-year-old Billey Makfarland for fraud at the organization on the Bahamas in April, 2017 Fyre Festival. What there occurred and whether Billey is so guilty? Photo: Reuters the Court in New York sentenced the 26-year-old businessman Billey Makfarland to six years of prison and a fine of 26 million dollars for fraud at the organization on the Bahamas in April, 2017 of Fyre Festival. The court considered that the businessman for whom diagnosed bipolar disorder deceived investors. Grandiose as the businessman promised, the musical event for "rich youth" had to take place in the place stated as the former island of the drug baron Pablo Escobar. As it became clear later, the drug baron there never lived. People paid from one and a half thousand to 400 thousand dollars for food from the famous chef and convenient apartments. Headliners of a festival stated Blink 182 and Migos, and among guests Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratakovski who advertized an event at themselves in Instagram were expected. However the guests who arrived to the Bahamas did not find either musicians, or magnificent placement. Instead organizers offered them the sorted tents and sandwiches in plastic containers. Media nicknamed an action "the worst festival in the history". Whether it was from the very beginning fraud or just a mistake of the beginning promoter? The musical critic Alexander Belyaev argues: Alexander Belyaev is a musical critic "First, he knew what to do that is how to entice the people, that is it the person, probably, is valid from the industry. In it there is some novelty because one business when some left people print average or high cost tickets for very running concerts on which there are no tickets anywhere any more, on the counterfeit websites they are sold, and quite another matter when the person — such "mole" of this industry because it is very interesting that the person is 26 years old. For the organization of such huge festival, with such budget on which investors of nearly 25 million dollars gave, it abruptly because do not become promoters at early age. There such groups as Blink 182 and Major Lazer had to act. If contracts are signed with them, so had to already them to give something, some money that is called nonrecoverable pledge. It is about such enormous Blink 182 group, there everything is very difficult, there it is impossible just to get friendly support of their manager, people to whom you on a goat will not drive up, by no means, after all work with such actors they will swindle you, they will think up something, some smallest violation of a rider, and there — bang — from promoters of 10 thousand dollars as from a bush stryanut. Business superrisky, of course. Offhand this really quite difficult action, it is necessary to bring upon all there. And here you did not take some three screws or three amplifiers, everything, at you nothing turned out. And who you are after that — the swindler, the villain or the starry-eyed idiot — the court solved so". Last spring Makfarland declared plans again to try to organize

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